The Third Eyelid ~ The Nictitating Membrane by Kimberly Chadwick

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The Third Eyelid ~ The Nictitating Membrane by 

Taken at Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum 2009 ~ Going through the shots I noticed this particular capture of the 3rd eyelid on this raptor ~ a favorite of mine as well as many!

The nictitating membrane (from Latin nictare, to blink) is a transparent or translucent third eyelid present in some animals that can be drawn across the eye for protection and to moisten the eye while also keeping visibility. Various reptiles, birds, and sharks have a full nictitating membrane, whereas, in many mammals, there is a small vestigial remnant of the membrane present in the corner of the eye. Some mammals, such as camels, polar bears, seals, and aardvarks, also have a full nictitating membrane. It is often called a third eyelid or haw and may be referred to as the plica semilunaris or palpebra tertia in scientific terminology.

Nictitating membranes are found in birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, but are less common in mammals, mainly being present in monotremes and marsupials. Only one species of primate—the Calabar angwantibo—is known to have a functioning nictitating membrane.

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  • KatsEye
    KatsEyealmost 5 years ago

    Excellent information and supeb capture. What a profile. Love it.

  • Thank you KatsEye ~ As I thought it was cool, I wasn’t sure how well it would go over but thought I would share the info as well as the portrait. Though it isn’t as crisp and clear as I would like, the eye lid is well seen……..Thank you darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 5 years ago

    Brilliant shot! Here’s lookin’ at you.

  • LOL~ thank you Sheila ~ I can always count on your spunk!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • MylieLynn
    MylieLynnalmost 5 years ago

    wow this is gorgeous!

  • Thank you very much for your visit and your comments ~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 5 years ago

    This is an amazing shot, excellent shot, Ann

  • Thank you Ann, I am glad that you like it~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot …. I photograph Osprey quite a lot and I think they have that … would that be right?

  • Yes ma’am that is correct! Thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Rstrick2
    Rstrick2almost 5 years ago

    This is a great closup. I like the way closeups of birds come out. Great Work!

  • Thank you, not the best I have of this girl but it was the eye I wanted to focus on. Thank you Robert for stopping by and commenting Sir~ Always a pleasure!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 4 years ago

    A magnificent portrait

  • Thank you for taking a peek into my world!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareeover 4 years ago

    Beautiful portrait

  • Thank you so very much Rosemaree!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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